Amidst the turmoil about Connecticut’s casino expansion, MGM’s meddling in Connecticut’s casino expansion, and the on again-off again casino expansion in Maine & New Hampshire, there are actually some new dining options opening across New England’s 7 casinos.

FOXWOODS Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT.,  has by far introduced the most of the new options.  With a theme of “A Restaurant for Every Craving,” Foxwoods has added a few more mouth-watering palette-enticing restaurants to their large line-up of over 35 eateries.

Boar’s Head Deli, (The Food Market, Fox Tower) – While it has been in the same place since MGM partial ownership as MGM Foxwoods, the Food Court in Fox Tower had a renovation over a year ago. Included are Sbarro, Phillips Seafood, the Grill Shack and Einstein Bagles.  But the new addition of Boar’s Head Deli serving the best cold cuts for sandwiches since 1905.  It is truly one of the highlights of casual quick dining.

CAKE by Franck (Great Cedar Food Court)

A chocolate cake made with coffee and Bailey’s Irish cream. (Suzie Hunter, smhunter@courant.com)

CAKE by Franck opened just over a year ago and aimed to showcase their talents with a boutique pastry shop on the property, offering a vast selection of sugary treats from vibrantly colored French macaroons to custom-designed cakes glazed in ganache and dusted in gold. the wonderful cake shop open now at Foxwoods Resort Casino. For Executive Pastry Chef Franck Iglesias, dessert is a labor of love, and it shows in everything he creates.

Custom wedding cakes are also available in enchanting varieties. If you can’t get to Foxwoods, Air Franck is the in-store service that delivers Chef Franck’s desserts anywhere in the USA, fresh and delightful every time. Orders can be made through the Resort Call Center at 860.312.4444

Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods Kitchen + Bar (Grand Pequot Tower)

Guy Fieri, famous for Diner Drive-ins and Dives” on the Food Network.

With a celebrity chef profile, world renowned American style food and a creative beverage experience, Big Night Entertainment Group presents Guy Fieri’s Foxwoods. The 9,800-square-foot venue opened in November and accommodates up to 375 people, with a 258 seat restaurant and 36 seat rectangular bar. Guy’s features custom millwork, a wood bar top, large wood ceiling beams, and large custom chandeliers creating a rustic and comfortable feel. The food has been rumored to be more expensive than expected, which means NETimeGambling is just going to have to check it out!

Sugar Factory American Brasserie (Fox Theater District)

Just Opened.

This celebrity gathering spot treats guests to a one-of-a-kind experience serving upscale dining classics from brunch to late-night ranging from decadent crepes to flavorful milkshakes, gourmet burgers and more. Signature treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks and candy infused cocktails. The retail section will offer a selection of the company’s signature treats and merchandise, including the world-famous Couture Pops. After dinner, guests will want to stay long into the night to enjoy the innovative cocktails, top hits dance music, and lively social scene. Another must investigate for NETime Gambling – but after my diet, I think!

Don’t forget the VUE 24 (24th Floor of Grand Pequot Tower) Nestled atop the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower, VUE 24 offers a lavish charm with a familiar and relaxing ambiance.  Indulge in exquisite Continental-based cuisine presented with an unmistakable modern flair while our team provides unsurpassed service in luxury and comfort.  Discover a variety of classic and long forgotten favorites along with cocktails while enjoying Jack on the piano and stunning panoramic views. Try the elegant Sunday Brunch with Spring on the rise – the view should be fantastic!

COMING SOON

Cat Cora’s Wine Bar (Grand Pequot Tower)  The “Iron Chef” star’s newest restaurant – created exclusively for Foxwoods – will feature a tapas and wine bar, serving up exotic Mediterranean small plates, sought-after wines and creative cocktails.

Richard Rawlings’ GARAGE, a high-octane hangout championed by Gas Monkey Garage owner and star of “Fast N’ Loud” Richard Rawlings, is where diners will enjoy a classic American venue serving up southern-style Texas roadhouse-style BBQ, burgers and local brews. Richard Rawlings’ Garage will be located near the Rainmaker Casino and adjacent to Rainmaker Garage.

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